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Hands-Free: Now the Law in Minnesota

A driver holding a cellphoneGovernor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law to help further reduce distractions behind the wheel.

Starting Aug. 1, drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones in their hands. They will be able to use their phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single touch activation without holding the phone.

Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free. We want Minnesotans to stay safe, stay alive and stay out of trouble under the new law.

Visit the HandsFreeMN website for more information.

“Lasting Impact” Video now Available for Showings

​To educate young drivers on the importance of staying safe behind the wheel, the Minnesota State Patrol created Lasting Impact, a video about a teen driver who made a fatal mistake.

LASTING IMPACT (TITLE SCREEN).pngIn December 2015 18-year-old Logan Maas, a Triton High School senior, was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle.

Lasting Impact - WEBSITE 1.pngLasting Impact includes interviews with the Maas family, the driver and school officials, and shows how one life lost can change a community forever.

Learn more about requesting a showing for your high school, driver education class or any organization that would find it valuable.

Featured Video

Video Description: State Patrol Col. Matt Langer and OTS Director Mike Hanson joined families of distracted driving victims and legislators as Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and aims to prevent distracted driving crashes.